During the first quarter of action, Young walloped New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton so hard that Newton actually lost control of the football. The officials ruled it an incomplete pass, but it still goes down as an impact play for Young.
Following last night’s game against the Patriots, Young said that his offseason work allowed him to get that clean shot on Newton.
“Yeah going around the edge. I tell people that I want to work on my hands more this year,” Young said during his postgame press conference. “On that play all that work paid off. It was a long-arm cut, and I turned my hips, got around the edge and tried to make a play. I’m glad I could definitely impact the game early.”
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— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) August 13, 2021
Young also told reporters he felt like he was in “slow motion” when he was getting around New England’s blockers.
Here’s the huge hit that Young put on Newton during Thursday night’s game:
Chase Young is still that dude
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) August 12, 2021
As a rookie, Young had 44 total tackles, 12 quarterback hits, 10 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.
If Young can take his game to the next level this season, he might just be a Defensive Player of the Year candidate.